Brownie Bowls with iced berries

The first cook book I ever bought was ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’ by Nigella Lawson and I’ve been a fan of her books ever since.

Now, what could be better than a Nigella Lawson recipe? – two recipes rolled into one!

The recipes in question are Chocolate Brownie Bowls from ‘Kitchen’ and Iced Berries with Limoncello White Chocolate Sauce from ‘Nigellissima’.

Brownie 1

I have a lovely friend who lives in Switzerland and on a recent visit I was lucky enough to find a cavity shell dessert tray at a bargain price (and considering how expensive everything usually seems to be in Switzerland it was definitely a sign that I needed to buy it!).

Tin

Now, I have to confess, that the brownie mix came out of a packet.  It was part of a gift from a friend, and to be fair the brownies were pretty delicious.  I’m sure you don’t need me to provide a brownie recipe anyway – use your favourite go-to recipe, or borrow Nigella’s ‘Kitchen’ from the library and use hers.  I didn’t add the Limoncello for the white chocolate suace to smother the iced berries.  I’m going to say it’s because I wanted to keep the flavours simple, but it’s really more to do with the fact that I didn’t have any in the house.  I’m sure a good splash of Limoncello or your favourite tipple wouldn’t go to far amiss in this dish.

Brownie Bowls with Iced Berries and White Chocolate Sauce (makes 6)

6 Brownie Bowls
250g frozen mixed berries
200g white chocolate
200ml double cream

1. Gently heat the white chocolate and double cream togther in a pan until the chocolate is melted and you have a luscious creamy sauce.

2. Arrange your brownie bowls on serving plates.

3. Take your frozen berries from the freezer and arrange them as generously as you can in the brownie bowls.

4. Top with the hot chcolate sauce and serve immediately.

Brownie 2

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White chocolate Eton mess slice

Here’s a lovely summer recipe that’s really easy to make.  It’s inspired by slice of traybake that I had from Selfridges Food Hall and haven’t been able to stop thinking about.  These are almost as good.

White chocolate Eton mess slice (Makes 9 large slices)

Eton mess slices - close up

100g unsalted butter at room temperature
200g plain flour
A pinch of salt
100g caster sugar
4 tbsps strawberry jam
Three shop bought meringues crumbled (of course you could make your own if you prefer)
300g white chocolate
Freeze dried strawberries

1. First begin by making the biscuit base.  Preheat the oven to 180ºC.  Grease a 20cm square tin.  In a food processor, mix the flour, salt, butter and caster sugar until it begins to come together. Press the mixture into the tin and smooth down with the back of a spoon.

2. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.  Leave in the tin to cool.

3.  Spread the strawberry jam evenly over the biscuit base.

4.  Top with the crumbled meringues.  Melt the white chocolate and generously cover the meringues.  Sprinkle freeze dried strawberry pieces over the top.  I found mine in the Cake decorating aisle in Sainsburys.  I also piped some more strawberry jam on the top in swirls, although you could just swirl some jam into the melted chocolate.

Cut into giant squares to serve.

Freeze dried strawberriesEton mess sliceEton mess slices